Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sneck Yate/Boltby Bank Race Recovery Ride


On Tuesday night I raced the 2/3/4 Dirtwheels circuit race at the recently opened York Sports Village. During the day I had been deliberating whether or not I should race; I knew too much beer and the wrong type of … Continue reading

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Is a 2.4% gradient hard?


In my blog’s list of search terms, yesterday I had “Is a 2.4% gradient hard?”. Having spent the last few days riding around the edges of the North Yorkshire Moors, I can categorically answer, no, a 2.4% gradient is not … Continue reading

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White Horse Bank Climb, Mildly


If you ride a bike and stray from your local patch, then Simon Warren’s 100 climbs book should be an indispensable part of your luggage. So, heading up to the North York Moors I had it packed. Looking through the … Continue reading

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NCRA Rockingham Series Race 12: End of Season


When I arrived at the race track, Bourne rider James gave me some disturbing news; a couple of UK Youth riders had turned up to chase end of season points, necessary to make their 1st cat licences. Wayne was there … Continue reading

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NCRA Rockingham Series Race 11: Missed opportunity / 3rd Cat club run


There was another experiment with the handicapping this week, let me explain (assuming I understood it the first time). Our 3rd cat group went off first. We were followed by the 4th cats at 1 minute 20 seconds and the … Continue reading

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Giant Haystacks


The harvest is in, and my commute has been passing fields cropped down to stubble, populated with rectangular bales of hay. Then one day I’ll ride along to find the bales have been re-arranged into a giant haystack. It dominates … Continue reading

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NCRA Rockingham Series Race 10: Chain Gang


Three groups and a new circuit tonight. Tim was in the lead group with the 4th cats; 2 minutes behind, Alasdair, Wayne and I were in the middle 3rd cat group along with 14 other riders. 2 minutes 45 seconds … Continue reading

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